Comparing IVF Centers in the Denver Area

Comparing the true cost of IVF between different fertility centers can be difficult. Some centers with lower pregnancy rates offer a lower price. This may end up costing more in the long run as you undergo multiple IVF cycles in order to get pregnant. If you are comparing prices for IVF in the Denver area, please take the time to review the following information so that you can make the most informed treatment decision possible. 

Comparison of Cost

Center Cost
Conceptions cash pay pricing for IVF with ICSI, chromosome testing of the embryos, uterine testing, and a full frozen embryo transfer cycle: $17,875
$16,875 + $1,000 (chromosome testing fee) + meds
University of Colorado (now Shady Grove Fertility) cash pay pricing for IVF cycle, chromosome testing of embryos, uterine testing, and frozen embryo transfer cycle, as provided by their business office March ‘21: $19,980
$15,500 + $4,480 (uterine & chromosome testing fees) + meds
CCRM cash pay pricing for IVF cycle, chromosome testing of embryos, uterine testing, and frozen embryo transfer cycle, as provided by their business office March ‘21: $28,239
$25,514 + $2,725 (chromosome testing fee) + meds
  • Many clinics use bait-and-switch tactics when it comes to pricing. For instance, their website may state “IVF starting at $8,000” when total cycle cost is $15,000 with a live birth rate of 8 – 32%. At Conceptions we are completely transparent with pricing. We urge our patients to visit IVF Cost Calculator, which considers individualized costs and success rates for the fertility center you choose for treatment.
  • Some groups only take insurance for the initial fertility work-up (diagnostic services), but then charge cash for the IVF cycle. Their clinic and lab are two separate companies. Conceptions accepts virtually all insurance carriers for diagnostic services and IVF including:
    • Blue Cross / Blue Shield
    • Cigna
    • United
    • Aetna
    • Progyny
    • Kaiser
    In addition, we are the only clinic in Colorado to carry dual Center of Excellence designations from United Optum and Aetna.




Comparison of Outcomes

  • A clinic’s Live Birth Rate Per Transfer of women in your age group is the most important factor in determining the actual total cost for IVF. The Live Birth Rate indicates your chances of taking a baby home.
  • Reporting pregnancy rates as patients who achieve a positive pregnancy test is misleading as patients can go on to have a “chemical pregnancy” or miscarriage. It is also a SART violation.
  • For the above IVF/embryo screening/ frozen embryo transfer cycles, here is the most recent livebirth data as taken from the CDC website:
Cumulative Live Birth Rate 2018 & 2019
Clinic Overall Live
Birth %
<35 35-37 38-40 >40
CONCEPTIONS REPRODUCTIVE ASSOCIATES OF COLORADO 68.6%
(486/709)
70%
(280/400)
68.8%
(119/173)
68.2%
(73/107)
48.3%
(14/29)
COLORADO CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE 66.3%
(1207/1820)
68.3%
(512/750)
64.9%
(342/527)
65%
(262/403)
65%
(91/140)
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO ADVANCED REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE (NOW SHADY GROVE FERTILITY) 54.1%
(131/242)
57.9%
(84/145)
56.3%
(27/48)
40.8%
(20/49)
0%
(0/0)

CDC Assisted Reproductive Technology Fertility Clinic Success Rates Report https://www.cdc.gov/art/reports

  • Conceptions reports IVF outcome data to the CDC as required by law. All statistics quoted by Conceptions come directly from the CDC website.
  • Some centers also opt to report to SART. Reporting to SART is voluntary and emphasizes cycle start data. Many centers that report to SART do not allow challenging couples to pursue IVF with their own eggs as it will hurt their SART rates. Indeed, a prominent Colorado IVF program does not allow women who are 36 – 40 years of age with an AMH of less than 0.8 or a resting follicle count of less than 8 or an FSH of greater than 12 to use their own eggs. They are advised to use donor egg. At Conceptions, we have successfully helped hundreds of couples over the years with challenging cases like these pursue IVF with their own eggs.
  • Conceptions has always been members in good standing with ASRM, the parent organization of SART, and as such, abides by all established clinical and ethical guidelines.
  • Two IVF cycles will always be more expensive than one cycle. If your clinic does not have at least a 51% live birth rate, then odds are that you will need more than one cycle of IVF to bring home a baby.
  • Conceptions has built a lab and employee culture over the years that constantly seeks to achieve the optimal outcomes for eggs, sperm and embryos – first and foremost. This is what all couples deserve out of their first IVF attempt. Within this culture we remain a privately held company with fair, transparent, and honest pricing.
  • We have not taken private equity money and are therefore, by definition, not part of the ever expanding corporate IVF “industry”. Our obligation remains exclusively to our patients not to corporate shareholders.

It is important to realize that outcomes, pricing, and quality behind the IVF lab are far from standardized between different clinics. Fertility treatment is unique when considering medical outcomes. You shouldn’t consider the less effective option in a perceived effort to initially save money. In fertility, you should choose the best clinic and the best procedure to get the best outcome the first time.

If you have any questions, please contact us and we will make sure you have all the information you need in order to make a well informed decision about which center to choose for IVF treatment. If you want to learn more about the cost of IVF specific to your unique medical history, please schedule an initial consultation, where you will meet with our highly trained physicians and financial counselors to develop the most effective treatment plan possible.

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